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Short Drama (16 min) | Awanui Simich-Pene (Māori)


A pregnant woman finds herself alone and in a dangerous situation with a violent gang member.

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Awanui was raised by her whānau in the Far North of Aotearoa, New Zealand. She is a graduate of Unitec’s BPSA degree majoring in Directing for Film and Theatre and over the past 14 years has spent much of her career on set, jumping back and forth between directing for film and television and script supervising roles. Awanui is currently taking part in a commercials director mentorship programme with successful production company FINCH, she has recently completed directing a new TV drama series for NZ network THREE set to be released in 2020, whilst her latest short film RŪ continues its successful festival run. In 2017 Awanui was one of the 9 Māori women filmmakers on award winning WARU, directing TITTY AND BASH, one of the eight shorts that make up the feature film.